Scripture Reference (Choir)

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  • Psalm 103: Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

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    Commissioned to be sung at the graduation ceremony of Western Theological Seminary, this song captures the exuberance and gratitude of Psalm 103 in an upbeat gospel style. This Psalm is traditionally sung as a thanksgiving song at the conclusion of communion–indeed, Western still uses it regularly in their chapel’s communion–but it also works well as a general song of praise of choral offertory.
    Above is an MP3 of Finale playing back the choral score. Starting at 17:23 in the video below is the anthem being sung as part of Calvin University’s chapel.

  • Psalm 104: Oh, Rejoice in All Your Works

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/kimbrough-psalm_104.mp3

    Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Psalm 104 won the COS New Psalm Contest in 2014. Since then, I’ve arranged this song for strings, brass, and choir. These arrangements bring out a whole new majestic side to the song.

  • Psalm 104: We Praise You, O Lord

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/doug_gay-psalm_104.mp3

    My friend Doug Gay wrote this setting of Psalm 104. I wanted a tune that would act as a foil to this text, lightening rather than heightening the majesty of the words. And since Doug is Scottish, what could be better than an airy Celtic tune?

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Psalm 19: The Heavens Declare God’s Glory

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    Adapted from Psalm 19, this festive anthem is guaranteed to be a hit with choir and congregation alike. Parts are also available for Brass Quartet. “‘The Heavens Declare’ is one of the best anthems I have done in my ten years of singing…it is uplifting, inspiring, and joyful.” -Carole Anderson

  • Psalm 23: The King of Love (ST. COLUMBA)

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    Hands down, one of my favorite hymns is “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” I wrote an SSA arrangement of this which found a home in the Augsburg Choirbook for Women. More recently I re-arranged it for SATB choir.

  • Psalm 40: Patiently

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    [embed]http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/patiently_COS.mp3[/embed]

    This meditative rendering of Psalm 40 won the 2017 Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest. You can read the whole story below.

  • Psalm 47: Clap Your Hands

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/psalm_47-clap_your_hands-COS.mp3

    This Yoruban folk song is published as “Psalm 47: Clap Your Hands” in both Global Songs for Worship and Psalms for All Seasons. It is surprisingly simple to sing, which isn’t always the case with African songs and arrangements.

    It is also available as an anthem for cantor, choir, flute and percussion published by GIA.

    This hymn is a free download. If you sing this song in your church,  please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • Psalm 5: Hear My Words, O Lord

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    [embed]http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/Ps005-hear_my_words.mp3[/embed]

    My setting of Psalm 5, “Hear My Words, O God” is composed for two narrators and congregational refrain.  It appears as Psalm 5C in the Psalms for All Seasons hymnal, but if you want the un-squished piano music and choral parts you hear on this recording you’ll only find it here. The above recording is just a rough read-through by the Choral Scholars which doesn’t include the scripture reading. The narration allows the whole Psalm to be heard and allows the multiple voices of the original text to come through, as you can hear from the live worship recording below.

    [embed]http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/psalm_5_hear_my_words.mp3[/embed]
  • Seven Last Words: 6. I Trust My Soul to You

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    http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/i_trust_my_soul_to_you.mp3

    “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” In the drama of the crucifixion, these words meant, “I’m ready to die.” But there is another layer of meaning, for Jesus and for us: Jesus committed himself–trusted his whole being–to God’s care. That should be our posture, too, both in our living and our dying.

    This leadsheet is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.
  • The Lord’s Prayer

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    Even with just two vocal lines, there is enough musically and emotionally in this setting of Matthew 6:9-13 to stimulate the best church choir, broaden the treble chorus’ repertoire, or challenge the childrens’ choir. It also makes a nice duet.

    Anthem for Two-part Choir and Piano (Optional Solo). Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your choir.

  • Wen Ti (聞笛)

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    Wen Ti (The Flute Plays) was written in the 9th century. It describes beautiful bamboo flute music coming from a nearby home; the poet wonders who is playing the lovely tune. The flowing pentatonic melody is used here with new words for various sections of a worship service: call to worship, assurance of pardon, doxology, and benediction.

    This arrangement was commissioned for a service at the 2018 Calvin Worship Symposium. You can hear it at the following times in the video:
    11:47 Call to Worship: “Lift Your Eyes unto the Hills” (based on Psalm 121 and 124)
    21:44 Assurance of Pardon: “God Is Gracious to Forgive” (evoking Colossians 1:12-15)
    1:22:56 Doxology “To the One Who’s Shown Us Love” (from Revelation 1:4-6)

    Anthem for SATB choir and piano with optional C instrument; includes full score and C instrument part.

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